May 14th, 2017 vs. Chunichi

May 14th, 2017

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Tokyo Swallows 5

Streak: Won 1         Last 5: WLWLW

(“Home” at Matsuyama)

Remember Saturday, when the game ended with a ninth-inning homer? This was like that, but the good version.

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W: Akiyoshi (4-2-5)
L: Ono (0-4)

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1Kyoda (SS)1Sakaguchi (CF)
2Kamezawa (2B)2Fujii (3B)
3 Oshima (CF)3Yamada (2B)
4Viciedo (1B)4Yuhei (RF)
5Hirata (RF)5 Balentien (LF)
6Guererro (LF)6Ugumori (1B)
7Takahashi (3B)7Nakamura (C)
8Kinoshita (C)8 Nishiura (SS)
9Yoshimi (P)9Hoshi (P)

In his third start of the season, rookie pitcher Hoshi faced off against veteran Yoshimi in what settled into a long pitchers’ battle.

What little scoring there was came early: Chunichi’s first three batters put up a double, bunt and sac fly to score their first (and only) run of the game.

Tokyo tied things up in the second. Yuhei and Balentien hit back-to-back singles to put men on first and second. Ugumori popped one up to first, but he was followed by Nakamura, who got a hit to load the bases. Nishiura, playing shortstop in Obiki’s traditional spot, hit a grounder that was enough to get Yuhei home. 1-1.

From there, a whole lot of nothing. Akiyoshi, who gave up that fateful home run the previous day, managed to keep things under lock in the top of the ninth, and in the bottom, Chunichi starter Yoshimi was swapped for Ono, a decision that soon had the Dragons saying “oh no.”

Ono stuck out Yuhei, but then walked Balentien, who was swapped for Ueda on first. Enomoto couldn’t deliver a successful bunt, which brought the out count to deux. Nakamura and Nishiura were both walked, though, loading the bases and bringing up Araki, who sent the ball deep into the Botchan Stadium stands for a walk-off grand slam finish.

Feels good, man.

Tokyo will next face off against Gomiuri in the gomi basket known as Tokyo Dome.